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LWN: Beyond free software in Japan

“Why do we choose free/open source software? There are many
reasons for that, of course. Some say that one of those reasons is
because even if the original vendor of the software discontinued
its development, somebody (or you) can take over the development
and keep it being maintained and improved, so that you can keep
using the software in an up-to-date environment. Others say one of
their reasons is because “Given enough eyeballs, all bugs are
shallow,” especially when the software’s development is done under
the bazaar model.”

“Do these reasons apply only for software? Here are a couple
of projects which stretch the open source model beyond the software
world.

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